Back on 21 June Spencer and I found out that we were expecting our first child. My period was a week late, which isn't uncommon. We popped a packet of two Tesco pregnancy tests for £3.50 into our trolley along with our weekly shop and eagerly I used one as soon as we had unpacked our shopping. There was a line on it but it was a very faint line so we really weren't sure, we used the second test the next day as they are said to work better in the morning, again we had a very faint line. That day I spent a lot of time on Google, did this mean I was pregnant or not? It made me very restless and anxious, so much so that I couldn't wait to try out a more expensive Clear Blue digital test, thankfully that one confirmed that we were indeed pregnant!
We told both sets of parents, my sister and Spencer's brother straight away, I couldn't keep it to myself! We decided not to tell the majority of people until after our scan, though I did tell my bosses in work for health and safety reasons. A few people also guessed as me not smoking or drinking was rather suspicious!
I booked a Doctors appointment the day after finding out. They didn't really do much at the Doctors, they gave us an estimated due date based on the first day of my last period, which I had already worked out using the NHS calculator. They gave me a little leaflet detailing foods that I should avoid and that type of thing, prescribed me some Folic Acid and asked me to leave a urine sample with the receptionist. They didn't test the pregnancy as "the shop bought ones are pretty much the same as what they do now so there is no need". I also left my details with the receptionist so that she could pass them onto my Midwife.
My Midwife rang me a few days later to book me in for an appointment at my house. We had to wait a little while for the appointment as she was going away on holiday, as we had a little wait she went ahead and requested our scan before the appointment so as not to hold things up.
The Midwife appointment was pretty much a form filling in exercise, she went through a load of questions with myself and Spencer, focusing mainly on our health history and both of our families health histories. We were also asked if we were blood relatives. She talked us through the Downs Syndrome screening test. We were given a Bounty pack full of information, some samples and money off vouchers and told what to expect at our various appointments. To be honest there was so much information I forgot most of it as soon as she left.
Our scan date came around quite quickly, we were booked in for when we were estimated at 11 weeks and 3 days. I had to take a urine sample with me and drink a pint of water one hour before the appointment. Thankfully the scan was at our local hospital which is literally a two minute walk from our door so it wasn't too painful travelling there with a full bladder! When we arrived I was given another urine pot and told that I had to do another sample after the scan, so many urine samples!
The scan itself was absolutely amazing, we saw our little baby wiggling around in my tummy and also heard his/her very rapid heartbeat. It blows my mind to think that all of this is happening inside me. Words really cannot explain how you feel upon the first glimpse of your baby on that screen. They measured and dated us at 11 weeks and 5 days, only two days difference to our estimated date. Our due date is now the 21st February 2015, a day before Spencer's Birthday.
We were asked if we wanted the Downs Syndrome screening which we both declined. It wouldn't make any difference to us if the baby did have Downs so we didn't want to have potentially risky procedures to find out. I had my weight, height and blood pressure taken and also had a lot of blood taken, they tested for Rubella susceptibility, Hepatitis B, HIV, blood group & antibodies, Sickle cell and thalassaemi and I will receive the results in the post. I was given some pregnancy vitamins and sent on my merry way with my scan photos and a very happy feeling.
Talking of scan photos, they cost £3 each, though ours kindly charged us for two and gave us four. You need pound coins to put into a machine to buy them. Thankfully our Midwife warned us about this in advance but so many other people didn't know and had to dash up to the local shop for change.
My next pregnancy post will be talking about my symptoms so far.
Please note that I am based in Wales and my experiences may be different to other parts of the country.